Today I conducted my second straight edge shave! I used on of the Whipped Dog sight unseen ones, and its really a pretty good deal. I when with the poor mans strop, and am glad; I gave it 3 or 4 nicks on the first use (I did much better on the second though, more later).
I found stropping general technique (just getting the motion back and forth) pretty easy after about 50 strops. First couple of times, I tricked myself and moved the razor into the leather and got a few nicks and scrapes on the ends of the strop. After awhile though, I got it down pretty good. I'm not as fast as a pro, but I wasn't shedding my strop. What I found difficult was how much pressure to apply. Sometimes I felt like I was pushing it into the leather and sometimes I felt like I wasnt actually touching the blade to the leather at all. This part was pretty tricky, and hopefully you guys have some advise. I did manage to get the razor decently sharp, I could cut hairs off my arm no problem.
Shaving was interesting. I have delt with dangerous/sharp items before, so I wasn't really afraid of the blade like a lot of beginners are. The key to sharp items is to respect them. I started at my ear and went down and got a fairly decent shave. When I switched to my off side, the problems began. I'm very strong side oriented, and am pretty weak with my left hand. So when I switched to shaving with my left hand, it felt awkward and wierd. I even managed to give myself a small cut by moving the razor against my skin. I did two WTG passes and at the end, my left side had noticable less smooth shave then my right side.
Another thing I noticed was the angle at which you keep the blade to your face is tricky. With DE/SE, the angle is more naturally set by the shape of the razor, but here you can put it at any angle.
My second shave was much better with no cuts/blood. I got a better, more even shave, but it was still not as close as with a 3-pass DE/SE shave. I think I will have to add at least one XTG/ATG pass for that.
Any thoughts, suggestions, et cetera would be appreciated!
The Nuclear Shaver